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Learning in life





Without one there are none of the others. Our bodies, hearts and minds connect each of us to ourselves, others and the world through love, life and learning. We are living life fully when we embrace our natural urges to experience and engage in love and learning. Continue reading »

When do the children dream?

When do the children dream?

Dreams help us to decide which actions to take next, which attitudes to shift, which people to spend time with. Dreams ebb, flow and transform over time and reflect where we are at; our present world and self-views. Dreams can happen day or night, so when do the children dream? Continue reading »

Everyday play with your child

play with your child

What is play? Play is learning. Play is children’s life. Play is loving learning about life! Continue reading »

15 treasured Children’s Day ideas

Treasured ideas for Children's Day

Children’s Day – Te Rā O Te Tamariki – provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to give time to children. It is a fun day for activities that start new traditions as well as continue old ones. Continue reading »

Keeping your child safe – What to look out for at different stages of development

Keeping your child safe

Sometimes when you start talking about safety, people will say “well you can’t wrap children in cotton wool” or even “they have to learn somehow”. But children being their natural adventurous selves need to be kept safe. Keeping your child safe is not about stopping children from being active and curious it’s about providing the safest environment to explore in. Continue reading »

What’s the best learning environment for my child?

preschool education

Every year, more research comes out that enhances our understanding of children’s brain development, learning and attachments. There is no doubt that the first three years of a child’s life is the most significant time in their lives and that the experiences, both positive and negative, in this time shape a child’s future. A child’s brain goes from about 25% of adult size at birth to an amazing 80% at three years (Brainwave Trust, 2014). Continue reading »

The Amazing Newborn Baby!


Every new born is different; some cute and bald, others with a full head of adorable Elvis styled hair! Each is born with amazing abilities. You may think that all babies do is sleep, cry, poop and eat (with not much of the sleep part going on), but they already have the most amazing brain ready to soak in experiences and learning that will shape their future. Continue reading »

Reading, writing and physical play and development.

physical play and development in chlidren

Does jumping on a trampoline or playing in the sand pit help our children to read and write?

Often when we think of teaching children reading and writing skills we imagine reading lots of stories and encouraging children to write their name. The brain plays its part in children’s writing and reading but the body needs to be ready physically too. Little hands and eyes need developing ready for successful reading and writing.   It’s important to remember that the physical play and development skills needed to achieve these are developed in the early years, right from birth. Continue reading »

Arts and crafts for preschoolers

Crafts for preschoolers

The colder months are a great time to get into arts and crafts with your preschooler.  It’s not just fun, they’re learning too.  Whether you love getting messy and trying new things with your children or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be an idea here for new crafts for preschoolers in your house!  Continue reading »

Speech and Language Development in Preschool Children

Speech and language development

In my experience as a Footsteps early childhood teacher, one of the most common worries parents share is about their child’s speech and language development. There can be a big variation in development between children because of environment, genetics, health, and special needs. So what is the expected level of speech and language development, and when should you follow up on a concern? Continue reading »

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